We want 2021 budget before September

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The Senate has today, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure presentation of the 2021 budget estimates to the National Assembly by the end of September.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said this while referring referring the 2021 – 2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper request to the Senate Committees on Finance and National Planning for further legislative work.

President Buhari is seeking the Senate’s approval for the fiscal document and the request was read by the Senate President during plenary session.

The committee was charged to engage relevant government agencies on the MTEF/FSP request.

The committee was also asked to support revenue-generating agencies towards meeting their targets.

“We need to ensure that they have all the support that they require from the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, to meet their targets.

“Meanwhile, the executive should continue to work on the preparations for the 2021 budget, and by this we are also equally committed to ensuring that we receive the budget estimates at the end of September and that we are able to consider the budget and get it passed before the end of December to repeat what we did for budget 2020,” Lawan said.

The committees was given four weeks to present its report.

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